So excited … Eddie’s new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has started filming according to Entertainment Weekly!
Filming has officially begun on the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Bros. announced Monday.
Principle photography on the movie is under way at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, England, where all eight of the previous Potter movies were filmed.
Fantastic Beasts is being directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter films, from a screenplay written by J.K. Rowling. It stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s leading magizoologist, who stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures.
The cast also includes Katherine Waterston as Scamander’s wife, Tina, and singer-actress Alison Sudol as Tina’s sister Queenie (Rowling revealed their surname — Goldstein — on Twitter over the weekend), as well as Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller as Credence, Samantha Morton, Jenn Murray, Faith Wood-Blagrove, and Colin Farrell.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, inspired by Scamander’s textbook of the same name, is scheduled to arrive in theaters on Nov. 18, 2016.
Thanks to my friend Luciana we have scans from the new issue of Out that features Eddie.
– Eddie Redmayne Web > PUBLICATIONS > 2015 > September | Out
Eddie was nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge again. Watch his video here:
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Eddie was challenged to take part by fellow Academy Award-winner Renée Zellweger, who was supporting the Golden West Chapter of The ALS Association, who are the American equivalent of the MND Association.
Out has released some outtakes from the feature they did on Eddie in their new issue and I have put them in the gallery for you to enjoy!
– Eddie Redmayne Web > Outtakes > 2015 > 026
Eddie is featured in the new issue of Out Magazine where he talks about his new film “The Danish Girl”.
Eddie Redmayne had a rude awakening on LGBT issues in 2008, when he was rehearsing Now or Later at the Royal Court Theatre in London. He was playing the gay son of a fictitious American president. “His father was negotiating with Iran,” he says, sitting in a subsidized arts café in South London. There was a line Redmayne was not quite delivering, one that centered on the significance of the negotiations for his character. The director, Dominic Cooke, had to explain it. “Dominic said, ‘Ed, you know, it’s not just a line. I’m not telling you to do this, but you can find images [online].’ ” The actor, a firm believer in the power of incorporating every iota of knowledge he can find into a role’s gestation, took a look when he returned home that evening. “It’s so fucking shocking, people hanging for being gay.”
Redmayne opened 2015 leaping from the red carpet to his winner’s speech to an after-party in an awards season that gifted him the big four: Best Actor at the Screen Actor’s Guild, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Academy Awards for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The performance drew comparison with Daniel Day-Lewis’s in My Left Foot, though Redmayne’s great triumph and skill were to find the lightness and attractiveness of Hawking’s disability, the exact inverse of Day-Lewis’s visceral reading of physical incapacity.
He keeps his Oscar statuette on a side table and still sometimes stops in his tracks when he gets home drunk to find it sitting there. “I’ll come back and sit on the sofa and — argh!” He mimes jumping out of his skin. “You check that it feels real.” He isn’t quite sure how to go about getting it insured. “I haven’t yet. I probably shouldn’t say that, right? But I don’t know what its value is. You can’t sell them — you’re not allowed to. So when you call the insurance people, what do you say it’s worth?”
There were psychological processes to go through, too, juggling the promotion of one pivotal role with the production of another. By the time of the Academy Awards, he had begun filming another part: playing 20th-century transgender icon Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl. “I can’t tell you how nervous I am at the start of a thing,” he says. For the two weeks before winning his Oscar, Redmayne had been shipped from a drab West London supermarket car park meeting point to a stage set to film possibly his most challenging role to date.
Anxiety has been a recurrent problem for him at work, something he attributes to never having attended drama school. When he was filming 2007’s Savage Grace with Julianne Moore, the first project that drew wide public attention to Redmayne, he was in thrall to the actress’s ability to switch from casual conversation into character at a glance. “She has this extraordinary capability. Everything about filmmaking is nerve-wracking. You’re supposed to be at your best when you’re most relaxed, and yet everything about being on set is unrelaxing.”
The high-octane publicity circus for The Theory of Everything didn’t help. “People are just asking relentlessly: ‘How does it feel?’ And you are trying to come up with an answer and can’t because there is a part of you that is going, I actually have no idea. I’m just trying to keep my head afloat.”
A born people pleaser, Redmayne is generally able to keep that anxiety mostly invisible to the common eye. “I am a very, very lucky man,” he announced in his midnight blue Alexander McQueen tuxedo at the Oscars, a sharp distillation of his public persona. At surface level, there is none more privileged. He was born and raised in the pristine affluence and luxury of Chelsea, West London, the son of wealthy parents working in property and finance. He was schooled first at Eton, Britain’s most prestigious private establishment (his classmates included the heir to the throne, Prince William, and Redmayne’s acting ally Tom Hiddleston), then at Cambridge University.
There is a vaguely Downton Abbey aspect tracing the four contemporaneous British film stars of his generation who have settled in most comfortably at Hollywood’s top tier — with Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch holding court upstairs, and Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender grittily polishing the silverware below. The latter seem to have emerged out of the same gene pool of British working-class matinee idols that gave us Albert Finney, Terence Stamp, and Michael Caine; the former in the dandier mold of Laurence Olivier. Because of The Theory of Everything, Hawking’s personal blessing of his performance in it, and an unencumbered awards haul, Redmayne is now lord of that particular manor. He wears it with the ‘What, me?’ humility that has marked his publicity folio so far.
Underneath his glittering career and obliging public disposition is a man of curiosity, intelligence, and sensitivity. The London mayor Boris Johnson and British prime minister David Cameron are both old Etonians. Redmayne could not be further removed from their social model of blustering, curt certainty. He has none of the command of a room possessed by those elder acting Eton alumni, Dominic West, and Damien Lewis. He is warm, effervescent, and seems unsure why life has dealt him the cards it has. When he becomes animated on a subject, he is like a puppy finding its first ball of wool, pronounced freckles dancing about his face. He says he specifically chose the café where we meet because of his sentimental attachment to it, and becomes progressively more enthusiastic as he recalls all the performances he prepped for in the adjoining rehearsal rooms, his voice lifting in register with each memory. He has tangible bouts of class guilt and works with a charity to enable those less privileged through drama school. He is categorically one of the good guys.
“I try to do little things to find a way to help,” he says, “But really, it is just about having to accept that I have been exceptionally lucky.” He liked Eton. “It really is about friendship. You live intensively with these people for five years, from the age of 13 to 18, and those friendships are pretty solid.”
When you begin studying Redmayne’s acting résumé, gender is a recurring factor. I wonder aloud why that might be. “I don’t know,” he says. “But it’s riveting.” An early role, while he was still a Cambridge undergraduate, was playing Viola, the girl who pretends to be a boy, in a 400th-year anniversary stage production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It mirrored his dramatic experiences at Eton. “Because I was at an all-boys school, I played a lot of girls’ parts as a kid,” he says. “I look identical to my mother. Everyone’s always told me that, all my life.” He doesn’t remember it being an issue for his classmates. As he was wrapping production for the film version of Les Misérables in 2011, director Tom Hooper gave him the script for The Danish Girl. “I found it profoundly moving,” he says.
Eddie spoke out about being named an Ambassador for Into Film and also about his love of acting and how he was inspired by Ian McKellan.
As reported by the Daily Mail.
Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne has revealed how Sir Ian McKellen inspired him to become an actor, as he was named the new ambassador of the film education charity Into Film.
The 33-year-old star, who won the best actor Oscar for his performance as astrophysicist Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, said watching McKellen’s portrayal of King Richard III in the 1995 big-screen adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play sparked his passion for stage and movies.
Redmayne, who studied at Eton College in the same year as Prince William, said: ‘When I heard about Into Film, one of the things that I thought was so extraordinary was how little of that I had when I went to school.’
The Cambridge graduate explained: ‘I went to probably the most privileged school in the country, and there, somehow because our country – because of Shakespeare – we have this extraordinary theatre legacy and we all feel like it’s very important and wonderful – and it is – but what I found is that I got into Shakespeare when I saw a film version of it with Gandalf playing Richard III, and that was when I first got really interested in theatre and in film.’
Redmayne, who next plays transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl and is set to play ‘magizoologist’ Newt Scamander in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, admitted he did not watch many films when he was growing up.
‘My life is film, but it wasn’t when I was a kid. My family weren’t massively into film, I didn’t see a huge amount myself when I was at school – theatre was the thing,’ he said.
‘I always thought that film was entertainment, it wasn’t something you could learn from and my God, I was mistaken.
‘So since then I’ve been trying to up my film literacy and it’s been an extraordinary adventure and it continues to be. Often with film we love watching it because it’s immersive and it’s entertaining … but if you look a bit harder and you ask the questions after, it can be so inspiring. It’s an amazing time to be supporting Into Film.’
Redmayne first worked with the UK charity when he joined pupils last year at Westminster Academy to launch Into Film, which aims to educate children and young people aged five to 19 about the benefits of movies. It is supported by the BFI with Lottery funding.
The actor, who married publicist Hannah Bagshawe in December 2014, said the film version of some of his roles can help bring a book to life.
‘I’ve done some adaptations of famous books but quite difficult books, whether it was Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, which is a massive tome of a thing, which is terrifying and difficult to read, or Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, which again is a brilliant book, and I’ve had so many people write to me, subsequent to seeing those films, saying it has made them curious to learn more about that period or to read the book,’ he explained.
‘To really see the specifics and the original material, I think film can be useful in that sense.’
Into Film CEO Paul Reeve said he is ‘absolutely thrilled’ to have Redmayne as its ambassador.
‘As a hugely respected artist, and with his clear love of film and genuine enthusiasm for enabling young people to engage with it, he is a brilliant advocate for what we do. We hope his involvement in Into Film will inspire young people from all corners of the UK,’ he said.
The Hollywood Reporter shares the news that Into Film has revealed that they have named Eddie as their new ambassador.
Into Film, which helps children aged 5-19, was launched last year.
Later this month he’ll be donning the robes of Newt Scamander as production on the first Harry Potter spin-off – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – gets underway.
But before then, Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne is embarking on a more charitable endeavor, having been revealed as the new ambassador for U.K.-based charity Into Film.
Supported by the British Film Institute, Into Film looks to help children and young people aged 5-19 by placing film at the heart of their education and personal development. Redmayne first encountered the charity’s work at the organization’s launch event last year.
“I went to the Westminster Academy last year with Into Film and saw firsthand the impact that all aspects film can have on young people – the power to inspire, connect and expand our understanding of ourselves and the world around us,” Redmayne said in a statement.
“I absolutely loved the day, it was wonderful to meet so many young, galvanized people who were all keen to find out more about the film making process. I hope through being an ambassador for Into Film I am able to help raise awareness of how film can contribute to their cultural and creative lives.”
Meanwhile, the cast for Fantastic Beasts is continuing to expand. On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Colin Farrell was joining the film, playing a wizard that Redmayne’s Scamander meets in New York.
Another film festival for The Danish Girl … this time at the Venice Film Festival.
The festival’s artistic director Alberto Barbera had already announced two big world premieres: the mountaineering drama Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, about the real-life disaster in 1996 when eight climbers died, and Black Mass, the biopic of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger featuring Johnny Depp. Neither will be competing for the Golden Lion; but another headlining world premiere The Danish Girl, directed by Les Miserables’ Tom Hooper and featuring Eddie Redmayne as gender reassignment surgery pioneer Einar Wegener in his first post-Theory of Everything role, will.
The Venice film festival runs from 2-12 September 2015.
The Danish Girl will have it’s North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in mid September.
Still Alice premiered at the festival last year, as did the film which won Eddie Redmayne his best actor Oscar, The Theory of Everything. Redmayne will also be trying for back-to-back awards glory with The Danish Girl, which reunites him Tom Hooper director of Les Misérables and The King’s Speech. The film is one of the first mainstream movies to tackle transgender issues; it focuses on the life of Einar Wegenar, who underwent a sex-change operation in the early 1920s.
To see the full list of films go here.
I have added captures of Eddie as Balum in his film Jupiter Ascending to the gallery!
– Eddie Redmayne Web > Jupiter Ascending > Captures | The Film